The phone call that ended Patrick Brown’s leadership

Only 15 minutes before CTV went to air with explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against Patrick Brown, the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader delivered a tearful press conference and, to the shock of many, refused to resign.

In the era of #MeToo, the claims by the two young women were thought to be politically unsurvivable. Brown has stridently denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court, and recently joined the race for the party leadership in hopes of regaining his former position. On Friday, he filed notice of libel against CTV News.

On the night of the conference call, he’d already decided to fight back, aggressively.